EDMONTON, May 26, 2011 /CNW/ - Pharmacy technicians will become
Alberta's newest regulated health professionals on July 1, 2011.
Hon. Gene Zwozdesky, Minister of Health and Wellness, made the
announcement at the college's annual general meeting in Jasper on May
22. Amendments to the Pharmacists Profession Regulation allow the
Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) to regulate pharmacy technicians
as a new registrant category.
"For almost a decade, pharmacy technicians, pharmacists, and ACP have
worked together to develop the framework to regulate pharmacy
technicians in Alberta," explained ACP Registrar Greg Eberhart. "This
is an exciting day, as this decision will benefit Albertans, our health
system and our professions."
Patients will benefit because pharmacists, freed from the technical aspects of dispensing,
will be able to focus on more comprehensive patient care such as
medication reviews, chronic disease management, initial prescribing,
immunization, and follow-up.
Pharmacists will benefit because the work of prescription processing and preparation can shift
from them to the technician, thereby allowing pharmacists to more
appropriately use their skills and knowledge to deliver patient care.
The health system will benefit because health professionals' skills will be used more appropriately and
patients will have increased access to care from pharmacists.
"The regulation of pharmacy technicians helps fulfill two of the
college's primary goals: protecting the public and optimizing the use
of pharmacy professionals' skills. By regulating pharmacy technicians,
ACP can be assured - and can assure the public - that these regulated
individuals have met provincial entry-to-practice standards and are
competent to take on more responsibility within the compounding and
dispensing functions," said Eberhart.
Pharmacists must still review each prescription to ensure it best meets
the patient's needs and must provide patients with information about
their drugs and therapy. However, once the pharmacist has reviewed the
prescription, regulated pharmacy technicians will now be able to
compound and dispense the drugs.
Like other regulated health professionals, technicians will be required
to demonstrate competency at entry to practice and throughout their
careers, and must practice in compliance with standards established by
The Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) supports and protects the
public's health and well-being by governing the practice of
pharmacists, pharmacies, and soon pharmacy technicians. ACP, and its
precursor the Alberta Pharmaceutical Association, have effectively
governed pharmacists and pharmacies in Alberta for 100 years.
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SOURCE Alberta College of Pharmacists
For further information:
Alberta College of Pharmacists contacts:
- Greg Eberhart, Registrar (780) 990-0321
- Karen Mills, Communications Leader (780) 990-0321, firstname.lastname@example.org